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Fancy your very own magnificent Lotus Belle Tent?

When you book your camping or glamping holiday with Cool Camping you have a chance of winning an amazing, cool and creamy canvas lotus belle tent worth £1,500 and standing over 3m high and 5m wide or one of our runners-up prizes.

The Lotus Belle Company are true innovators of the glamping world  have a striking and modern design. Somewhere between a yurt and a bell tent, Lotus Belles have the size, space and beauty of the former but with the easy set-up and foldaway of the latter and the same classic camping look.

To find out  more and about the campsites you can book online through cool camping such as pop-up at Brighton wombell campsite, powys pods, glamping west midlands, glampotel and cleadale campsite visit Cool Camping

Brighton Pride 30th July – 2nd August 2015

Brighton Pride Festival time is here and what better way to visit Brighton for the event than to stay at the Pop up Pride Campsite, which is in an excellent location 5 minutes taxi ride away and on a main bus route into Brighton. There are tents to suit all price ranges from empty bell tents to kitted bell tents, which include beds, bedding, carpet, lighting, bedside tables and bunting. The sites include the essential toilets, showers, mains power and a pampering area…so you will be ready to party at Brighton Pride 2015!

To find out more about the Pride terrace parties, Pride festival, Pride diversity games, Pride village party, Pride dog show, Pride parade, the Rainbow colour run and to sign up for the Pride newsletter click here

Teepee goes up on pop-up by the River campsite

Our pop-up by the River campsite is situated next to the River Adur in Sussex and our Teepee is now up and ready to hire this Summer. The paddock with teepee is ideal for large groups or big families with children.

Alternatively, you can hire your own ready pitched canvas Bell Tent or something more solid like our Handcrafted Shepherds huts. Self pitching is welcomed and we have a family field that gives parents river peace of mind.

There are local activity specialists for you to hire a canoe, kayak, paddle board or boat from. Follow the river down to Steyning soaking in this gorgeous old trading town with bespoke shops and food halls.

Shepherds hut

We are very excited about our new Shepherds Huts that are presently being built and are soon to have excellent interiors to make any camper suitably happy and comfortable. These splendid huts are full of character and as you can see have a porch area, are risen up off of ground level to elevate you and yours to superior camping accommodation heights. We are working on a family version and all of our huts are going to be super neat and a place that will truly feel like home amidst their wonderful countryside location.

Wild Life Festival June 6th and 7th 2015

Disclosure and Rudimental are extremely proud to present Wild Life Festival at Brighton City Airport this June with a superb line up throughout the weekend including music from Wu Tang Clan, Soul II Soul, Adam Beyer, Mark Ronson, Annie Mac, Andy C, MJ Cole and Cashmere Cat.

On both Saturday and Sunday the main stage ends at 11pm whilst the other stages continue until 1am on Saturday and until midnight on Sunday 7th. The promoters are running a shuttle bus service back to Worthing and Brighton locations as there is no public transport after the end of Wild Life.

Pop-up campsites have a choice of two campsites close to Shoreham-by-Sea for Wild Life Festival goers to ensure that your weekend is hassle free and comfortable. Our river site is just a twenty minute drive away from the festival site and our Brighton campsite that is nestled in the heart of the downs, is a five minute taxi journey from the town centre and then a train ride away from your festival destination.

Both Pop-up campsites are ideal for self-pitching or groups of campers and we have various packages and extra camping options available such as Teepee and Bell Tent hire along with The Big Green Dining Tent that is ideal for large groups eating together. Alternatively, individuals can pitch your own tent and campers can treat themselves to a farm cooked breakfast at a very reasonable price.

National Trails

Many of our campers are avid cyclists, horse riders or walkers and love travelling long distances through the best landscapes.

Published by Aurum Press the official guidebook to the National Trail is an informative and accurate way to help you enjoy the Trail. For the modernist and tech savvy, there are digital national trail maps that can be accessed using your iPhone or pad which provide details such as how to find alternative trails, public amenities, campsites, car parks, public transport and places to eat and drink.

There are fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and The New Lipchis Way is just one of the trail exploration opportunities offered by the South Downs Way. First conceived in the 1980’s by a group of Liphook Ramblers, The New Lipchis Way is a delightful three day walking trail linking Chichester Harbour with Liphook that is clearly shown on the Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 120 & 133. West Sussex County Council provided a small grant to Keith and Sally from ‘Footprints of Sussex’ who way marked the trail and produced a simple trail guide in 2008. Following this the route was extended southwards down to East Head at the entrance to Chichester Harbour. The route follows the National Trust permissive path from Woolbeding Bridge, around the river valley, to North Street Midhurst and then along through the town centre.

Thanks to the support from the South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Communities Fund, the South Downs Way has a new trail facility in the form of Pyecombe church which is now open for public use 10am – 6pm during the summer and in the winter months from 10am – 4pm. Situated directly on the South Downs Way, this Norman church has a newly installed information panel for people to discover more about the fascinating history of its surrounding area.

Light refreshments are available on request for large groups who can contact Jill Munday on 01273 566276 and cyclists and walkers can make a hot drink or refill bottles in the newly accessible toilet and kitchen.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Rugby World Cup comes to the Amex

If you are one of the lucky people to have tickets for these games we at Pop-up campsites are happy to offer a gorgeous location to camp and  tranquil walk across the south downs way to the Amex stadium, roughly lasting 30 minutes.

The campsite will have have all the usual amenities toilets and showers, self pitching slots closest to the stadium but also ready prepped Boutique Bell tents, so all you have to do is turn up and light a match on the fire pit relax and unwind, after a hard day watching the rugby. We have our very own farm house catering department ready to serve pre cooked dinners and snacks for your return to camp, or if you fancy a much into town we have plenty of restaurants the staff can recommend.

About the Rugby World Cup 2015 in Brighton

Brighton & Hove is one of the 11 host cities of the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Two matches will take place at the Brighton Community Stadium on the weekend of 19 & 20 September 2015:

  • 19 September 2015 (8pm kick off) – South Africa vs. Japan
  • 20 September 2015 (12 noon kick off) – Samoa vs. USA

Adur Valley Wildlife and Sussex Wild Flora

Grazed by cattle and sheep, the southern boundary of West Sussex is the South Downs, a magnificent range of rolling chalk hills that stretch for ninety miles across Sussex and into Hampshire.

Ideal for nature loving campers, The South Downs Way is a long distance bridleway that follows the crest of the hills from Winchester to Beachy Head at Eastbourne.

The South Downs Natural Area is rich in animal and plant species because of the wide variety of countryside from ancient woodland and wetland and arable fields to chalk cliffs.

The grasslands of the South Downs are rich in birds, butterflies, moths, plants and wild life with nearly fifty per cent of the orchid species that are native to Britain found here including the honey-scented Musk Orchid, Spider Orchid, the Bee and the Early Purple.

Plants such as the rare Early Gentian which like calcium rich soils and the Round-Headed Rampion flourish in this beautiful countryside.

The scrub, plateau and scarp woodlands are home to birds such as the Nightjar and Nightingale whilst Peregrines breed on the chalk cliffs. Bird species include Grey Partridge, Lapwing, Linnet, Skylark and Stonechat.

Nature watchers can spot a wide range of moths including the Blood Vein, the Large Yellow Underwing and the brightly coloured green and pink Elephant Hawk Moth.

The South Downs geology is comprised of relatively soft chalk containing bands and seams of flint that form tilted layers. From the Cretaceous period both the chalk and flint are formed from the remains of animals and plants. The South Downs soil type, called rendzina, is largely responsible for the diversity of small, low-growing herbs in this area as it is rich in calcium, well drained and of thin consistency and allows slow rates of plant growth.

Look out for badgers, deer, foxes and rabbits within this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as stunning views and delightful villages and rural hamlets to explore.

For Adur Valley nature notes click here

South Downs events for campers

From recitals at the local church to annual arts, music and literary festivals, ad hoc town and village community gatherings and regular farmers markets there are a many events that take place throughout the South Downs including the following exhibition and cycle ride.

The ‘Land & Sea’ Art Exhibition at the National Trust Countryside Centre, Burling Gap, East Dean embraces the stunning diversity of the South Downs and features paintings in various media from two local artists Janet Mc Gowan and Louise Chatfield. With free entry and easy parking, this exhibition runs from 6th January – 1st March 2015 with National Trust shop and café facilities available.

Wiggle Southern Rough Ride Cycle event will start from Amberley Working Museum at 8am on Saturday 28th February. With three ride lengths to cater for everyone’s capabilities, this classic South Downs mountain bike route has a number of exciting descents and leg warming hills.  This ride is the opening MTB event for the 2015 Wiggle Super series and is a great way to enjoy the stunning countryside of Amberley, Arundel and Steyning.

To find out about more local activities and events click and visit nationaltrail

 

Camping by the River Adur

Previously known as the Sore, The Adur is a river in Sussex, England and gives its name to the Adur district of West Sussex. Over time the river valley became silted up and the port moved down to the deeper waters nearer the mouth in Shoreham-by-Sea. Formerly the river was navigable for large vessels up as far as Steyning, where there was a large port.

Based on the name of the Roman fort Portus Adurni which was mistakenly believed to be at Shoreham, the name Adur is a relatively recent (17th Century) invention.

The river is at its most interesting at mid-tide when half the mud flats are revealed. Especially during the colder months of winter, the mud flats become a roost for gulls and other birds. Birds and waders found here include Dunlins, Lapwing and Ringed Plover and Redshanks sound the first warning at the anticipation of danger. After feeding on eels and flatfish Cormorants fan their wings on boats and wooden posts.

The two separate branches of Adur, the eastern Adur and the western Adur, meet slightly west of Henfield at Betley Bridge. Before the early 1800s boats could navigate to Mock Bridge where the A281 crosses the Adur.

The eastern Adur is fed by the Cowfold Stream at Shermanbury and rises at Ditchling Common, in East Sussex, where it crosses into West Sussex and meets a major stream of Twineham. There is a footbridge near Shermanbury Church and the western Adur is tidal as far north as Bines Bridge close to Bines Green, south of West Grinstead.

Rising at Slinfold the western Adur flows around Coolham and then through Shipley, where it then meets Lancing Brook and flows on to Knepp Castle and West Grinstead.

The Baybridge Canal uses part of the Adur’s watercourse. From west of Henfield, the two river branches meet, before flowing between Bramber and Upper Beeding, past Coombes, through a gap near Lancing College in the South Downs where the Adur is fed by the Ladywell Stream. The river continues on to the English Channel at Shoreham-by-Sea. Due to longshore drift, the mouth of the Adur is now two miles (3 km) from the town centre of Shoreham. The town of Shoreham-by-Sea supports varied wildlife fauna and flora and being close to the River Adur and with the downs and the sea nearby.